Minaun give de Bromhead first Group winner

July 04, 2020

Usually run at the Curragh, the Marble Hill Stakes (Group 3) took place at Cork and Minaun (7/1) landed the prize to give trainer Henry de Bromhead his first Group winner on the Flat.

Second over a furlong further on her debut at Leopardstown, she was always handy and took over the lead two furlongs out from Arctician.

The latter didn’t lie down, and the pair had a good tussle with Minaun coming out on top by a neck.

The 4/9 favourite Military Style came off the bridle at halfway and could only keep on at the same pace back in third.

A half-sister to two winners, the winner was acquired for E8,000 at Goffs last autumn.

It was a quick double for Chris Hayes after Miss Amulet in the first, and the jockey also had a brace of winners yesterday at Naas.

Winning trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "I'm delighted with her, we've always really liked her and she is a lovely filly. Cormac Farrell recommended her for us back in March.

"I'm delighted for her owner Steve McCarthy and it is his and my first Group winner on the flat; he previously had Aerclub with us and we replaced him with this lady and she looks an able deputy.

"Hopefully she will keep progressing and Chris (Hayes) really liked her. She will definitely stay further and is from a really good Loder family.

"She has a Moyglare entry and is growing and maturing all the time so we won't be in a mad panic anywhere."

Bold Enough off the mark over Hurdles

June 30, 2020

Henry de Bromhead has enjoyed plenty of success Flat and jumps since racing resumed and 6/4 favourite Bold Enough was another winner for the Knockeen, Co.Waterford handler in the MansionBet It’s Not Rocket Science Maiden Hurdle.

Always handy under Rachael Blackmore, the five-year-old was strongly pressed by Hesamanofhisword from the third-last flight, but he jumped the second-last well and drew away from that point for a four length success.

The ease in the ground was never going to trouble the son of Jeremy, second to the highly-regarded Ballyadam in a point-to-point, and fourth in his first run over hurdles behind subsequent Grade 1 winner and Supreme fourth Asterion Forlonge at Naas in January.

Winning trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "We said after his last run that we would put him away and wait for the new novice season, but we didn't think it would be this long!

"I'm delighted to get him going and he had to do it the hard way as it looked he was taken on for the whole race.

Blackmore & de Bromhead double up with Rose

June 21, 2020

Email Rose battled back gamely to get his head in front again close home and land the geldings maiden hurdle at Roscommon this afternoon, giving Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore a double on the card.

The eventual winner had jumped into the lead two from home but was soon tackled by Onlyhuman in the two-mile contest.

There was nothing between the pair over the last but Onlyhuman looked to be getting the better of things on the run-in when edging ahead.

Rachael Blackmore conjured another effort from Email Rose, however, as the 11/8 favourite stuck his head out close home to secure a neck success.

The French-bred, a €150,000 purchase as a store, had been runner-up twice last season.

Blackmore said:- "He battled back really well there. He was knocking on the door last season but also disappointed a few days.

“We thought he was a better horse than that but he has got his head in front today."

Girl too good for rivals in Roscommon opener

June 23, 2020

It proved plain sailing for Telmesomethinggirl in the opener at Roscommon as the even-money shot made all to open her 'track' account.

The Stowaway mare had cost £150,000 after winning a point-to-point in February 2019 and was placed once from three starts over hurdles last season.

She made no mistake today, bouncing out in front under Rachael Blackmore, and easily disposing of her rivals.

Henry de Bromhead's charge had the others in trouble turning for home and asserted from the second last.

Blackmore only had to shake up her mount on the run-in to post an easy 12 length victory over Moll Dote.

The winning rider:- "We always thought a lot of her at home and things went right for us today, she is a lovely mare going forward. The ground is lovely out there."

Train Hill powers home in Bumper

June 21, 2020

There was plenty of talk about Gordon Elliott's Jawbox in the concluding bumper at Limerick but he was cut down by Henry de Bromhead's Train Hill.

Punters sent Jawbox off the 11/10 favourite and he got a dream run up the inner to assume the lead two furlongs out.

Jamie Codd sent him about his business along the rail and the pair looked to be in charge.

Train Hill was starting to motor on the outside, however, and was ridden by David Roche to chase Jawbox down in the final furlong.

Jawbox stuck to his task but Train Hill really knuckled down and grabbed him in the closing stages to score by a length and a quarter at 9/1. There was plenty of money around for him as he opened at 16s.

Blackpoint picked up third-place money at 12/1 a further five and a half lengths adrift.

David Roche said: "My father (John) bred him and broke him and did the whole lot with him. For him to win, for mum (Ann) and dad, is brilliant.

"He's grand but he'll improve a good bit for it too."

Regarding a possible future sale, he added: "I'd take watch and all!

"He is really good to jump; I was going to run him in a point-to-point in the spring and he'd go on most grounds, but doesn't want really heavy stuff."

Cliff hangs on to hold house

June 16, 2020

Hurricane Cliff held the late charge of newcomer Great House to land the first division of the nine-furlong maiden at Gowran this afternoon.

Henry de Bromhead's charge looked to have the race in the bag having hit the front two furlongs out and stretched clear passing the furlong marker.

Billy Lee's mount kept up his gallop to the line but was pressed close home by the well-backed Great House (10/11f) as he started to motor late on to get within a half a length.

The winner had also attracted support, from 5/1 into 10/3. The Canford Cliffs gelding was making his first outing since finishing second at Limerick just over a year ago.

De Bromhead said:- “He’d a lovely run last year but unfortunately he got hurt after that. He’s come back and has been working really well. 


“We were hoping to see that today and I’m delighted for the syndicate which is headed up by Angus Potterton from Savills. It’s nice to see him get something back after all his sponsorship. 


“I stuck him in the Nasrullah (Handicap) this morning so we’ll see what mark he gets. He’s a big scopey horse and I bought him from Hugh Bleahen as a yearling. 


“We’ll keep him on the Flat for the moment. He also worked nicely in a schooling hurdle earlier in the year.”

Annexation delivers on 1st start for de Bromhead

June 10, 2020

Annexation shrugged aside a wide draw out in stall fifteen to stylishly make a winning start for Henry de Bromhead in division two of the Download The BoyleSports App Handicap at Gowran.

The keen-going ex-Ed Dunlop runner was soon up there forcing the pace under Wayne Lordan, and those that backed the winner from 13/2 into 5/1 would have been happy with the jockey’s body language from early in the straight.

Lordan asked for more from the previous eight times raced maiden, from under two furlongs out.

A 240,000 Euro breeze-up horse in 2018, the Wootton Bassett gelding asserted from over a furlong out.

He’d joined current connections for 18K and that looks a nice investment given the way Annexation crossed the line, two and a half lengths in front of Accladora.

"I'm delighted for the South Ros Syndicate (owners) who are headed by Gerry Petit and all the credit goes to Paul Roche who found him for us in Newmarket," said de Bromhead.

"He has a good pedigree, and we're hoping to go hurdling eventually. He'll stay on the flat for the time being but he has schooled and jumped well."

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Blackmore excels on Honeysuckle in Mare's Hurdle

March 10, 2020

Honeysuckle got the better of Benie Des Dieux in an titanic tussle for the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The Willie Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux claimed the Grade One prize in 2018 and looked sure to follow up 12 months ago until suffering a crashing fall at the final flight.

Having since won Grade Ones at Punchestown and Auteuil before making a foot-perfect comeback in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park, she was the 4-6 favourite to regain her crown, despite facing a serious rival in Henry de Bromhead’s 9-4 shot Honeysuckle.

Unbeaten in seven previous starts, including victory in last month’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, the six-year-old travelled strongly for much of the way under Rachael Blackmore, but looked at the mercy of Benie Des Dieux in the hands of a motionless Paul Townend racing down the hill.

However, Honeysuckle quickened the better of the two rounding the home turn to steal the advantage, and try as she might, Benie Des Dieux could not get back on terms in the straight, with half a length separating the pair at the line.

De Bromhead said: “They are two amazing ladies. It was a great bit of race-riding to nip up the inside when Paul opted to go wide and it looks like it won her the race. Rachael had to sit and suffer for a bit, but when the gap appeared she was gone.

Put the kettle on does it for the Girls at Arkle!

March 10, 2020

Prolific mare Put The Kettle On showed the boys the way home in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Despite having won four of her previous five starts over fences, the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old was a 16-1 chance on what was her first competitive appearance since landing the Arkle Trophy Trial over the course and distance in November.

Ridden by Aidan Coleman, Put The Kettle On was always close to the pace and was in front rounding the home turn, with Fakir D’oudairies her nearest pursuer.

The latter did himself no favours by walking through the second fence from the finish — and while he tried his very best to bridge the gap racing up the hill, Put The Kettle On refused to bend and passed the post a length and a half to the good.

Rouge Vif ran a fine race in third, with the winner’s stablemate Notebook — the 5-2 favourite on the strength of successive Grade One wins at Leopardstown — ultimately disappointing.

De Bromhead said: “Aidan was brilliant on her and said she just attacked every fence. She had course and distance form in the book, so you couldn’t underestimate her, but obviously Notebook was our more fancied runner.

Cappucimix makes all in Naas opener

March 08, 2020

Capuccimix justified strong market confidence, as he made all in the opener at Naas this afternoon, the Enjoy The Cheltenham Festival With MansionBet Beginners Chase.

A winner of a maiden hurdle at Clonmel last year, the Henry de Bromhead trained grey was second on his debut over fences at Navan in December and again filled the runner-up spot on his most recent outing at Gowran.

Available at 10/11 in early shows, the Robcour owned seven-year-old opened on-course at 8/13, before going off the clear market leader at 2/5.

In front throughout under Robbie Power, he had matters under control from the second last and despite an untidy jump at the final fence, he went on to score decisively by eleven lengths.

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